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Minnesota Cooking: Eggs - Hard Boiled

Updated on November 28, 2016

Hard Boiled Eggs With Yellow Yolks

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Boil Eggs - Cool

The biggest question most people have about boiling eggs is how to keep the yolks yellow? In an eggshell, you must boil them and then, immerse them in a stream of cool water and reduce the temperature of the egg quickly.

You must start with non boiled eggs. Place the eggs carefully onto the bottom of a sauce pan. Cover with enough water to cover. Add a spoonful of salt. Bring the eggs to a boil. Then, cover and turn down to simmer for 12 minutes.

Drain the hot water off the eggs and run cold water on them for at least 2 minutes, dumping off the water as it warms up and making sure they are getting the cold water around them.

The secret is to cool the eggs immediately after you finish boiling them for 12 minutes. If you wait too long, your yolks may be a dark green color.

Peeling your eggs requires looking for the flat side of the egg. On one end of the oval, it should look rather pointed and the other end has a more rounded look. You will tap the rounded end on a hard surface, such as your counter top.

The rounded surface contains a pocket of air and maybe a small amount of water between the membrane and the shell. This membrane will peel away from the egg, sometimes in sheets, if you have an older egg. You can tell if you have not broken the membrane if your egg peels with some difficulty and has a dull appearance. Most whites have a shiny appearance.

Deviled Eggs


Cook Time

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 13 min
Yields: 8 hard boiled eggs


  • 8 raw eggs

Put Eggs in Pan

  1. Put eggs in pan. Cover with Water. Bring to a boil. Put lid on pan. Turn down temperature to simmer. Simmer for 12 minutes.
  2. When 12 minutes has passed, carefully pour water off of eggs, retaining eggs in pan. Add cold water to pan and run for a few minutes until eggs feel cool to touch.
  3. Peel your eggs. Slice in half. Put your yolks in a bowl. Place your whites on a plate.
  4. Mash your yolks with a fork. Add 3 tablespoons of Miracle Whip to your mashed yolks. Add more Whip if not creamy. Then, add 2 tablespoons of mustard.
  5. Scoop the yolk mixture into your eggs. Sprinkle tops with a red seasoned salt.

One Boiled Egg

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 78
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 1 g
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 187 mg62%
Sodium 62 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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The Routine

Check your date: the older the better
Check your date: the older the better | Source
Place single layer in pan
Place single layer in pan | Source
add COLD water
add COLD water | Source
After eggs come to boil, cover and turn down for 12 miinutes
After eggs come to boil, cover and turn down for 12 miinutes | Source
After 12 minutes, COOL with cold water.
After 12 minutes, COOL with cold water. | Source

Deviled Eggs

Tap | Source
Break | Source
Peel | Source
Cut in half
Cut in half | Source
Scoop out yolk into bowl
Scoop out yolk into bowl | Source


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